Emily Talen

in The Oxford Handbook of Urban Planning

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780195374995
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks


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This article discusses sustainability, one of the key objectives of urban planning. It provides an overview of what is believed to be consensus thinking concerning what sustainable places are and reviews the generalized principles of sustainable cities. The article highlights the disagreements among planners about the parameters, effects, and implementation strategies necessary. It argues that scholarship and research on sustainable urbanism are still needed to define more specific parameters, to understand and work to offset perverse effects, and to figure out ways to more effectively implement the essential objectives.

Keywords: sustainability; urban planning; sustainable cities; implementation strategies; sustainable urbanism

Article.  9893 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Public Policy

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